Attic Epinetron

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by Trustees of the British Museum
published on 07 April 2013

A clay black-figure decorated epinetron from Attica, depicting four women weaving, c. 500-480 BCE. Epinetra were placed over the thigh with the closed end over the knee and used in preparing wool for weaving. The upper surface was often incised to make a rough surface over which the wool fibres were rubbed. The closed end, as in this example, was often decorated with a female head, a reminder that weaving was exclusively the work of women in Greek society. (The British Museum, London).



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